Drugs used to fight type 2 diabetes are trending on social media for quick weight loss – but some people are now reporting unwanted side effects like facial aging and vomiting vomit.
The drugs – including brands like Ozempic, Mounjaro and Wegovy – have popularity boom after a number of celebrities and influencers were rumored to have used them for weight loss, including kim kardashian and Elon Musk.
But many doctors worry that their popularity has led to many people taking them without adequate medical supervision putting them at risk because of the potential for rare but serious side effects such as armor. cancerpancreatitis and kidney failure.
The more common side effects – as many women are recording on TikTok – are nausea, vomiting and facial aging dubbed ‘Ozempic’s Face’.
Drugs – like Ozempic – used to fight type 2 diabetes are trending on social media for rapid weight loss – but some are reporting side effects such as facial aging and vomiting
Dr Daniel Dziabas posted an animation of ‘Ozempic’s face’ shriveling from drug use
Jennifer Berger, 41 years old, told New York Times that she used Mounjaro to lose weight after pregnancy. The drug that she injected into her thigh, abdomen or arm worked very well and she was able to lose 20 pounds.
But she said her face was starting to look very gaunt.
“I remember looking in the mirror and barely recognizing myself,” she told the Times. ‘My body looks great, but my face looks tired and old.’
Dr Oren Tepper, a New York-based plastic surgeon, told the Times that it’s normal for important areas of the face to lose weight when it comes to weight loss – so much so that the person looks older.
“When it comes to facial aging, fat is often a friend rather than a foe,” he says. ‘Weight loss can turn your biological age backwards, but it tends to turn the clock on your face forward.’
Mounjaro, which helps regulate blood sugar, suppresses appetite and seems to help shed extra pounds, is the latest claim on the market.
“Everybody uses it or asks how to use it,” Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a dermatologist in New York told the Times. ‘We haven’t seen a prescription drug have this many cocktail and dinner conversations since Viagra hit the market.’
Dr Frank said he coined the term ‘Ozempic face’ to describe facial sagging.
“I see it every day in my office,” he explains. ‘A 50-year-old patient would come in, and suddenly, she was super skinny and needed filler injections, which she never needed before. I looked at her and said, ‘How long have you been in Ozempic?’ And I’m always 100% right. It’s the drug of choice today for 1 per cent.’
One woman on TikTok told of her injection journey and said it left her gassy, bloated and she was ‘not okay’
Another person posted a video of them wearing a towel saying that they vomited while taking a shower
There are procedures to restore volume to a patient’s face, the Times reports, with doctors performing super-expensive but non-invasive injections of Radiesse and hyaluronic acid or Sculptra-based fillers, which help collagen stimulation.
Fat can also be transferred from other parts of the body to act as facial fillers.
Dr Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist in New York told The Times that ‘the idea is to balance the face to compensate for sunken and protruding cheeks, chin and other areas’.
“We are seeing more and more patients taking the drug,” he said. ‘In general, it’s people in their 40s and 50s who are losing significant weight and are concerned about aging and facial sagging.’
Everyone from Hollywood stars to tech moguls is turning to injections to stay slim, with Elon Musk credited the drug in October for his recent weight loss benefits. .
Kim Kardashian is said to have used Wegovy to lose weight quickly to fit in Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress that she wore to the Met Gala 2022.
Everyone from Hollywood stars to tech moguls is turning to injections to stay slim, with Elon Musk credited the drug in October for his recent weight loss benefits. . Pictured above, Elon Musk in August 2022. Jeremy Clarkson, 62, revealed that he started injecting himself with the ‘big’ drug, Ozempic, after fearing he might develop type 2 diabetes. Pictured above, Mr. Clarkson in 2017
Kim Kardashian is rumored to have used Wegovy to lose weight quickly to fit in Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress at the 2022 Met Gala (pictured)
Since these drugs exploded in popularity, doctors are warning about self-injecting weight loss pills at home with raw chemicals bought online.
People are being directed to websites commonly used by research groups to purchase test chemicals amid nationwide Wegovy and Ozempic shortages.
found nearly a dozen websites selling semaglutide, the active ingredient in Wegovy and Ozempic, for $80 to $300 for up to two months. Two of the sites sold out of the chemicals, and one had instructions on how to mix the ingredients and inject them.
But Dr. Shauna Levy, assistant professor of bariatric surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans and a member of the American Council on Obesity Medicine, saystaking medicines at home is ‘extremely unsafe on many levels’ and puts people at risk of side effects, unsafe ingredients and overdose.
These sites – which often include words like ‘lab’ or ‘refuge’ in their titles – sell a wide variety of research chemicals, including hormones and steroids, which they claim are ‘not intended for use’ for human’.
Ozempic has an appetite suppressant effect, helping the stomach feel full for longer
There was a global shortage of the drug last year due to the chaos caused by a celebrity and influencer, putting those who relied on it to treat their type 2 diabetes at risk and makes semaglutide out of stock even on some peptide supplier websites
The list of many chemicals states they are only being purchased for scientific research purposes – a warning that allows websites to exploit legal loopholes.
DailyMail.com also found semaglutide on 10 sites. It is sold in powder form, which is mixed with bacteriostatic water before being injected into the abdomen.
Wegovy has become highly sought after since it first appeared in the US last year, after it was shown to lose about 15% of a person’s body weight in 68 weeks in clinical trials.
But its popularity, combined with manufacturing problems, has led to months-long shortages for both Novo’s Wegovy and its sister drug Ozempic.
Tirzepatide, another diabetes drug sold by Eli Lilly under the brand name Mounjaro, is also in short supply, according to the FDA’s online drug shortage database.
Wegovy and Ozempic work by triggering the body to produce a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1, which is released naturally from the intestines after a meal.
Wegovy and Ozempic work by triggering the body to produce a hormone called a glucagon-1-like peptide that is released naturally from the intestines after a meal.
This hormone helps control blood sugar and makes people feel full so they know when to stop eating.
Results from a study of 2,000 people over 15 months showed that participants lost an average of 15% of their body weight, equivalent to (34lbs) (15kg).
The team received individual counseling sessions from registered dietitians to help them stick to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise plan, in addition to weekly injections.
Volunteers reported improved quality of life and reduced risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes, such as reduced waist circumference, blood lipids, blood sugar and blood pressure.